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PreSchool-Grade 1–A little green crocodile arrives in the city on Christmas Eve to visit Santa at a department store; alas, the jolly old man is no longer there. Meanwhile, a little yellow dog named Melrose is new in town and depressed because he is all alone. Luckily, they find one another and spend a fine Christmas together. There isn't much plot here, and the scenes are somewhat disjointed, but the artist's watercolor illustrations carry the day. The sweet-looking animals wandering about a snowy, joyous city that's bustling with holiday activity will strike a chord with children, who will instantly guess that Croc and Melrose are meant to become friends.–Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Croc, a small crocodile, has come to the big city to visit Santa Claus, but it's Christmas Eve, and Santa has already gone out on his rounds. Melrose is a wealthy dog, new to the city, and lonely, and he doesn't want to put up a tree without a friend. The story is slight; even a preschooler will be able to see where it's going. But the artwork is marvelous, and the real feelings of loneliness (and eventually happiness) that are accentuated at Christmastime come through loud and clear. Since the story is predictable, most of the interest is in the pictures, and Clark doesn't disappoint, effectively using light and shadow, which changes the mood of the story far more than the words do. Each picture is also chockablock with things to see: people, presents, even palm trees smack in the middle of the snowy weather. A pleasant holiday offering. Ilene Cooper
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